Muisca agma,

Opitz, Pitz Pinola Weston, 2018, Classification, Natural History, and Evolution of the Subfamily Peloniinae O (Coleoptera: Cleroidea: Cleridae). Part IX. Taxonomic revision of the New World genus Muisca S, Linzer biologische Beiträge 50 (1), pp. 587-653: 624-625

publication ID

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4004283

DOI

http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.4339219

persistent identifier

http://treatment.plazi.org/id/03DA3F7E-FFEC-FF97-0CF3-B685FC48C496

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Valdenar

scientific name

Muisca agma
status

nov.sp.

Muisca agma  OPITZ nov.sp. ( Figs 35View Figs 34-46, 70, 96, 117, 148)

Holotype: ♂. Venezuela, Estado de Aragua, Estación Biológica Rancho Grande , 5-V-1973, at black light, G. Ekis ( FSCA)  . Paratypes: 12 specimens. Venezuela: Estado de Lara, Sanare ,?- VII- 1964, J. Maldonado ( WOPC, 1)  ; Distrito Capital, Caracas ( MNHN, 1)  ; idem,?-V-VI-1877, O. Thieme ( MNHN, 1)  ; Estado de Miranda, San Antonio de los Altos , 1-VIII-1963, 1800 m, Carlos Bordon ( WOPC, 1)  ; Estado de Aragua, Estación Biológica Rancho Grande , 5-V- 1973, at black light, G. Ekis ( WOPC, 2)  ; idem, 1500-1900 m, 8-V-1978, O’Brien & Marshall ( JNRC, 1)  ; La Tiara , 9-VI-1995, H. & A. Howden ( CMNC, 1)  ; Estado de Falcon, 4 km W Curimagua , 16-VIII-1975, M. Murtagh ( WOPC, 1)  ; " Venezuela " ( MNHN, 1). Colombia: Depatamento de Cauca, Valle del Cauca, Buga , 16-V-1973, G. Ekis ( WOPC, 3)  .

D i a g n o s i s: Within the M. testacea  -group, each elytron shows an irregular fascia in specimens of M. agma  and in those of M. nigrosignata  . However, in M. agma  specimens, this fascia is fragmented, which is not the case in M. nigrosignata  specimens.

D e s c r i p t i o n: Size: Length 4.3 mm; width 2.0 mm. Form: As in Fig. 148View Figs 145-148. Color: Light testaceous, except each elytron with 2 black spots near the humeral angle and a black fragmented angular fascia at middle of disc. Head: Funicular antennomeres subfiliform, progressively more triangular toward capitulum, capitulum about as long as combined length of funicular antennomeres, capitular antennomeres 9 and 10 triangular ( Fig. 35View Figs 34-46), antennomere 11 obovate; frons wider than width of eye ( EW /FW 18/33). Thorax: Pronotum (Fig. 70) quadrate ( PW /PL 75/75), side margin with well-developed tubercle, disc subglabrous at middle; elytral asetiferous punctation minute, striate to distal 2/3 rd ( EL /EW 220/55). Abdomen: Pygidium subquadrate; posterior margin of 6 th visible sternite broadly concave; aedeagus long, phallic plates very narrow, phallic apex ( Fig. 117View Figs 116-124) small, triangular.

V a r i a t i o n: Size: Length 4.3-6.0 mm; width 2.0- 2.3 mm. Other than body size, the available specimens are quite homogeneous.

N a t u r a l h i s t o r y: Specimens were collected during April and May; those from Colombia at 1700 m; those from Venezuela with a black light set in a montane tropical cloud forest.

E t y m o l o g y: The specific epithet, agma, is a Greek noun with a meaning of "fragment". I refer to the fragmentation of the fascia on the elytral disc.

D i s t r i b u t i o n ( Fig.96View Fig): This species is known only from Colombia and Venezuela.

FSCA

Florida State Collection of Arthropods, The Museum of Entomology

MNHN

Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle

PW

Paleontological Collections

Kingdom

Animalia

Phylum

Arthropoda

Class

Insecta

Order

Coleoptera

Family

Cleridae

Genus

Muisca